Spain was disrupted by labor union strikes on Thursday in protest against labor law changes pushed through by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The changes dismantle the nationwide collective bargaining system and make it easier to fire workers.
Reuters reported that there was disagreement about how many took part in the general strikes, which came on the heels of unexpected defeats for Rajoy’s party in regional elections. Unions claimed 85% turnout for the strikes, while the government called it a normal workday.
With only one in four buses running, trains reduced to a third of normal service and only about 10% of scheduled domestic commercial flights and 20% of foreign ones actually taking off, as well as shutdowns of many department stores, it was hardly normal, but it was not as large a turnout as drawn by the previous strike in September 2010.